The Inkster Renaissance is an ongoing economic development project that was initiated by the national leaders of the National African Business Association. Over the past two years the National African Business Association has been on a journey to learn, invest, and even create a synergy of commitment to Inkster, Michigan. Out of the several cities that were highly favored to launch our initiative the National African Business Association picked Inkster, Michigan for a few reasons
1. One Grocery Store
2. One African Caribbean Market
3. No hospitals
4. No urgent care
5. Three pharmacies
6. 1000 vacant lots for sale
7. No technology incubators
8. No agricultural business
9. No entertainment district for the African/Caribbean population
10. Median income is $23,000 per household on average
11. Need schools
12. Need health clinics
13. No upscale hotels
14. No decent or real restaurants
15. No vocational schools
16. 14% unemployment
17. 10% of the population have a 4 year degree
18. Two percent of the population have a graduate degree.
19. Sits on main transportation routes east-west connecting Detroit-Canada to Chicago, Illinois
20. Average home in Inkster is $40,000 three bedroom
Another major reason why Inkster was picked because of its proximity to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Willow Run Airport (one of the largest freight airports in North America), Michigan Ave (US-12) is a highway that connects Detroit to Chicago, I-94 (which connects Port Huron, MI via Detroit to Chicago, IL), railway that connects Windsor, Ontario (Canada) to Chicago, north south county roads and the city is positioned centrally regionally in Western Wayne County, MI. The National African Business Association saw these opportunities to leverage our position as a real African business hub of commerce.
However, some of the problem NABA runs into is the ineffectiveness of the local government. Inkster has had a long history of broken government and part of the reason is the fact that the talent pool of effective people in the city is either low or does not exist. This is why we are designing this document as a real blueprint to develop a sustainable community that we can connect to the globe for the next 10 years.
Therefore, we have started this process by becoming appointed on the various boards and commissions in the City of Inkster.
Downtown Development Authority
Tax Increment Finance Authority
Local Business Advisory Committee
Economic Development Corporation
We understand that in order to develop a prosperous city we will need to begin to promote both minor and major changes in the infrastructure of the city of Inkster. Our goal is to use Inkster as a model of growth and development by connecting its economy to international trade and development.